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Julius Thomas catching passes as recovery continues

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Julius Thomas is getting closer.

The Jaguars tight end -- who has yet to play a snap this season after suffering a hand injury in the team's preseason opener -- will catch passes in practice on Wednesday, his first activity of that nature since undergoing finger surgery early last month.

Every game, all season

Thomas has yet to be cleared for a full return, but practicing with teammates is a definite step forward. Thomas did not paint an especially optimistic picture about playing on Sunday against the Buccaneers.

"I don't know. I'm still limited," he said, per The Florida Times-Union. "I'm definitely going to be able to do all of the things I want to do. I don't know if (playing) is going to be an option yet."

Thomas underwent finger surgery on Sept. 1 with the initial timetable for a return in one month. He said last week he hadn't had any setback and believed he was close to getting cleared.

Thomas left the Broncos to sign a five-year, $46 million deal with the Jaguars in March. He had 24 touchdown receptions in his final two years in Denver, the most of any tight end in football.

The 1-3 Jaguars are 31st in scoring through four weeks, averaging just 15.5 points per game.

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